Crime & Investigation

Shock As Students’ Strikes Sweep Western Uganda

viagra geneva; font-size: small;”>Mutorere Secondary School in Kisoro district and Eden International in Mbarara district were last Monday closed following riots.

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help geneva; font-size: small;”>Gervas Mujuni, the head teacher at Eden International told Chimpreports in an exclusive phone interview on Wednesday that the strike followed the male students demanding to meet their female counterparts.

“This is something we could not allow because it is against the school rules and regulations,” said Mujuni.

However, the situation turned rowdy as student forcefully demanded to meet their female students in their dormitories prompting the school administration to notify the police which swung into action and fired tear gas to disperse the students.

Mujuni says during the running battles between the police and students, 17 students were rounded up and taken to police.

This was followed by another at Kyeizooba Girls secondary School in Bushenyi where girls torched one of their dormitories, accusing the school administration of renting out their school bus and failure to allow them to associate with their sister schools.

At Muntuyera High school, students were also sent home after they accused the school administration of poor feeding and poor sanitation.

After rejecting meals, the school management alerted the police which was deployed at the school and students were later sent home.

Bassajabalaba Secondary School in Ishaka followed in the same footsteps but the school administration sensed danger and sent away the students before the strike could erupt.

Mr. Yorokamu Kamaringo, head teacher Muntuyera High School, said S.4 and S.6 candidates have wasted time and yet are preparing to sit for their Mock examinations. I believe this will greatly affect their performance.”

Stanley Turyasingura, head teacher at Kihihi High School in Kanungu district said the major cause of strikes in most schools is discontent. “Students are not well attended to which prompts them to strike.”

He also attributed the rising strikes to delayed teachers’ salaries. “Teachers don’t attend to students because they have no money (salaries) which leaves the students redundant and use strikes as a way of demanding services.”


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